Public rights of way
Advice to owners or occupiers of land regarding public rights of way
People living in close proximity to public rights of way are reminded that the public have a legal right to use a Public Right of Way, and that they should not block or obstruct paths. Some paths pass close to residential properties, and in some cases through gardens, but with sensible precautions there is no reason that this would increase the risk to householders of contracting Coronavirus.
Public rights of way provide an opportunity for local people to take exercise and get some fresh air in these difficult times. However, people should not be making special journeys to access them, and should not congregate on public rights of way. If there is a particular problem with people congregating on a right of way then the Police should be informed who have powers to disperse such groups.
Where residents living near public rights of way have concerns then they should exercise suitable precautions to ensure social distancing from people on the path. They may also want to regularly clean any gate latches or other surfaces on any paths across their property.
In exercising their right of way the public should be mindful that some public rights of qay pass through residential properties and / or working farms, etc. So as to prevent the spread of the virus the public should ensure that they keep to the line of the public right of way, avoid approaching buildings off the line of the Public Right Way and also approaching farm animals and pets belonging to those properties.
The Council will take any further actions necessary in the event of any changes to legislation or Government guidance but at this time there are no plans to close public rights of way.
Public rights of way network
There are more than 1,267 kilometres of rights of way in the Cheshire West and Chester area. Any changes to public rights of way must be made by legal orders. Information about Public Rights of Way in Cheshire West can be found below.
Rights of way improvement plan 2011 - 2016
Local Access Forum
Local Access Forums advise on matters that affect public access to land for recreation and other purposes. The Cheshire West and Chester Local Access Forum consists of ten individuals who have volunteered from the local community. The Forum is a statutory organisation which is independent of the Borough Council.
The meetings are held in public, but are not public meetings and any contribution from the public is at the discretion of the Chair.
For agendas and minutes of meetings that were held under the Cheshire Local Access Forum please visit the Cheshire East Council website.
Further information about Public Rights of Way is available on the websites below.